Sony has launched a new smartphone, the Xperia M. This time, the phone is aimed at buyers on a more strict budget than those who may be considering the Xperia Z, allowing Sony to attract fans with smaller pockets. The design is a cross between the Xperia Z’s monolithic slab look, and the Xperia T’s ergonomic shape, but it also includes modern Sony highlights such as the side-mounted power button.
The camera is the Xperia M’s standout feature, as although it’s only 5 megapixels, it still has the same Exmor RS sensor seen on considerably more expensive Sony smartphones, plus it also has an HDR mode, where it combines under and over-exposed shots to make one great picture, no matter the lighting. It also has autofocus and a 720p video shooting mode.
Once we’re done with the camera, the Xperia M gets slightly less interesting. It has a 4-inch display with an 854 x 480 pixel resolution, while the operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. A 1GHz, dual-core processor powers the phone, and it’s supported by 1GB of RAM. Just 4GB of memory space exists on the phone, but an additional 32GB can be added with a microSD card.
Sony has included NFC in the Xperia M, so it’s quick and easy to share content between two devices, and the phone can be linked to NFC accessories such as Sony’s own Bluetooth speaker. The feature list continues with Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and 3G HSPA+ connectivity. Sony will also make a dual-SIM version called the Xperia Mdual.
The Xperia M will be sold globally, but an exact release date hasn’t been made public, and neither has the price.